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USD Addiction Studies Program Announces Perfect Licensure/Certification Pass Rate for Recent Grads

VERMILLION, S.D. – The Department of Addiction Studies at the University of South Dakota says program graduates have achieved a 100 percent pass rate for licenses and certifications.

“All 15 of our graduates from the past two years have passed the national exam administered by the South Dakota Board of Addiction and Prevention Professionals,” said Frank Zavadil, chair of the department.

For more than 40 years USD’s Department of Addiction Studies has been a national leader in preparing competent substance abuse professionals. The department is the only addiction studies program in South Dakota that is accredited through the National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission.


USD’s School of Health Sciences is a national leader in interprofessional health sciences education. South Dakota’s comprehensive School of Health Sciences develops scholars, practitioners and leaders in health and human services, including addiction counselors, dental hygienists, health science practitioners, medical laboratory scientists, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physician assistants, public health practitioners and social workers.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.